The Abaco Central High School Junkanoo group, the Marlins, will travel to Nassau on December 11 to participate in the Junior Junkanoo Parade to be held the following day. Abaco Central High School is the only high school from Abaco to participate.
Jamal McIntosh, the school music teacher and Junior Junkanoo Coordinator, said that 110 students and 20 adults will take the Fast Ferry to the Bahamian capitol. Other teachers from ACHS will be accompanying the students to chaperone and show their support.
New costumes have been made following a new theme that will not be revealed until the parade.
“The students are very excited and are looking forward to going; They have been waiting for that moment for the last two years,” McIntosh said.
While a few businesses have been financially supportive, for which the school is very grateful, as always funding is needed for extracurricular activities such as this.
“We are still plucking along,” McIntosh said, explaining that it will take approximately $15,000 to be fully prepared. The group has organized a few events to raise money, such as playing at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay on November 6 and holding some functions on campus.
McIntosh says, “We are hoping for the best.”